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Oct 9

Masks Off: A Virtual Wellness Conference

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT

Masks Off: Connection, Synergy, and Rest.
Join us for our 3rd annual virtual wellness conference for and by Black women.

Do you identify as a Strong Black Woman? Have you felt burdened by the weight of being strong? Are you feeling the cumulative effects of racism, sexism, the pandemic, police brutality, and being strong? If this resonates, Masks Off is for you!

Masks Off is an annual wellness conference hosted by The SBW Wellness Collaborative. Our mission is to encourage self-care and a holistic approach to health and wellness among Black women.

We cultivate a safe virtual space for Black women to talk about strength– what strength means, when we feel strong, and ways to foster healthy strength in our lives.

This year’s conference is being hosted through a virtual space for the third time! Connecting with Black women across the country, and maybe even the world, we encourage vulnerability, community support, and emphasize the role of self-care for living healthy, whole, and successful lives.

Event Activities: This is a half day virtual wellness conference!

This year’s conference theme is Masks Off: Connection Syrergy, and Rest!

The wellness conference kicks off with a discussion about the impact of the Strong Black Woman schema on the lives of Black women, especially in the context current events and an ongoing pandemic. This intimate conversation allows a space for black women to put down the cape and get real about the costs and burden of strength.

Our three wellness sessions will follow. They include sessions regarding wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. Start your morning off by learning about how your mind impacts your decisions and wellbeing. And take an afternoon physical activity break by connecting to your body through movement. The third wellness session is all about connecting to you your spiritual wellness, completing the mind-body-spirit connection.

The final session of the day puts it all together with a discussion about creating a life style of self care.

Facilitators: A dynamic group of Black women mental health and wellness professionals!

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Sis, take off your mask for a while. Let us feed you – your heart, mind, and soul with this wellness conference created by and for Black women.

* This event is free with RSVP through eventbrite and Registration (form e-mailed upon eventbrite RSVP). Please register for each day of events.

Email sbw.selfcare2@gmail.com for questions.

Follow us on Instagram @sbw.selfcare

Virtual Wellness Conference Session Information

Date: Friday, October 9th

Session 1 (10am-11am PT): Connection, Synergy, and Rest

Description: Kick off event with the founders of SBW Wellness Collaborative.

Speakers: Dr. Martinque Jones, PhD and Dr. Akilah Reynolds, PhD

Session 2 (11am-12m PT):To Be Black & Excellent Without Sacrificing Everything: 3 Secrets to Living Your Best Life – Mental Wellness

Description: This session will challenge your definition of Black Excellence and allow you to re-imagine how you approach your work as a leader and change agent. You’ll walk away with a set of actionable strategies that will help you reduce stress, experience more joy, and truly live in alignment with your purpose.

Speaker: Dr. Taisha Caldwell-Harvety, PhD

Session 3 (12:15m – 1:15pm PT): Mindfulness for Self-Care – Physical Wellness

Description: Get active with a midday yoga session! Bring your yoga mat to a special place to demonstrate the connection between movement and mental health.

Speaker: Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler, PhD

Session 4 (1:15pm – 2:15pm PT): Healing and Connection – Spiritual Wellness

Description: Join this powerful session on spiritual connection as a form of healing from emotional challenges and trauma.

Speaker: Dr. Lawanda Hill, PhD

Session 5 (2:15pm-2:45pm PT): Self Care as Lifestyle

Description: This wrap us session highlights the importance of wellness for Black women with a final discussion on how to engage in self care as a lifestyle.

Speaker: Dr. Akilah Reynolds, PhD & Dr. Martinque Jones, PhD

Meet Dr. Taisha Caldwell-Harvey!

Taisha Caldwell-Harvey, PhD. (Dr. Tai) is a licensed psychologist and founder of The Black Girl Doctor, a virtual therapy practice that specializes in the mental health of professional Black women and workplace wellness programs. She is a published author and has over 12 years of experience as a clinician and consultant where, most notably, she spent 7 years advising the University of California system on best practices in mental health innovation. Currently, in addition to operating The Black Girl Doctor, she serves as a mental health consultant and advisor to companies committed to workplace wellness. She believes her purpose in life is to inspire people to dream bigger and is an advocate for Black Joy as a social justice issue.

Attend her Session To Be Black & Excellent Without Sacrificing Everything: 3 Secrets to Living Your Best Life – Mental Wellness on Saturday October 10th (11am-12pm PT)!

Description: When you are used to working twice as hard to get half as much, and when the weight of the world is literally on your shoulders, how do you decide when you’ve done enough? When you’ve accepted your calling as an agent of change in the resistance, and the dreams of your ancestors are what fuels your motivation, how do you justify rest? Most professional Black women already know that their success comes at a cost. However, in this session, you’ll learn that when the cost begins to threaten our health and wellness, it is indeed too high! This discussion will challenge your definition of Black Excellence and allow you to re-imagine how you approach your work as a leader and change agent. You’ll walk away with a set of actionable strategies that will help you reduce stress, experience more joy, and truly live in alignment with your purpose.

Follow Dr. Tai:

IG: @theblackgirldoctor

LinkedIn: @theblackgirldoctor

Facebook: @theblackgirldoctor

Twitter: @itsdrtai

Website: theblackgirldoctor.com

Meet Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler!

Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She has two decades of clinical experience helping people with stress, trauma, mood and anxiety conditions, and difficulty in interpersonal relationships. In her clinical practice she promotes holistic wellness through mindfulness, self-compassion and healthy behavior change. Inger’s scholarly work focuses on the role that social determinants of health play in mental illness and treatment, particularly in the Black community. She is the author of the book Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women. She has written dozens of articles and other publications on mental health in the Black community and lectures widely on barriers to access and engagement in mental health treatment, mindfulness and strategies to improve mental health outcomes and participation in treatment. Inger is an advocate for normalizing participation in mental health treatment and ensuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, evidence based mental health care. She is an active contributor to the public discourse on mental health and she has been featured in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, and Chicago Tribune. Inger received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Cornell University, her doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the VA Ann Arbor/University of Michigan. She lives in Chicago.

Attend her Session Mindfulness for Self-Care – Physical Wellness on Saturday October 10th (12:15pm -1:15pm PT)!

Description: Get active with a midday yoga session! Bring your yoga mat to a special place to demonstrate the connection between movement and mental health.

IG: @dringerbz

Twitter: @ibzpsychd

Website: ingerbz.com

Meet LaWanda Hil!

Dr. LaWanda Hill is a licensed psychologist, consultant, and curator of transformative spaces. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the historically black college Southern University and A&M College, a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. Dr. Hill specializes in illuminating structural inequities, and facilitating insight for others to gain awareness in the role they play in either challenging or maintaining the systems that cause harm and interrupt quality of life for people of color. Dr. Hill has mastered the art of creating psychologically safe spaces for tough conversations. Universities, agencies, and corporations with global footprints trust her to help them build more equitable and inclusive workforces, and individuals rely on her expertise to help them pivot meaningfully in life. Dr. Hill has worked in a number of settings which include private practice, university counseling center, federal correctional institution, veterans administration center, inpatient psychiatric hospital, inpatient substance abuse clinic, and residential treatment for adolescent girls in foster care and the juvenile justice system. Dr. Hill is oriented to service and dedicated to lending her voice for liberation, empowerment, and advancing social justice.

Attend her Session Healing and Connection – Spiritual Wellness on Saturday October 10th (1:15pm – 2:15pm PT)!

Follow Dr. Hill:

IG: @drlawandahill

LinkedIn: @drlawandahill

Facebook:@drlawandahill

Twitter: @drlawandahill

Website: drlawandahill.com

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